You'll be introduced to the University and the technical workshops and facilities available to you. The first term includes a range of lectures and seminars and you’ll start to explore your creative practice.
Contemporary Debates and Creative Enquiry
This unit introduces you to a range of research methods and tools appropriate to an advanced level of study in creative disciplines as well as outlining key issues and debates in contemporary visual and material culture. It is designed to enable the use of advanced study skills to prepare you for the development of your MA body of work within the context of fashion photography.
This unit is concerned with the exploration and innovation of creative practice in order to inform the critical, conceptual, visual and professional development of the body of work you'll produce during the MA. The unit provides a structured framework to encourage you to speculate, take risks and experiment with the potential of approaches, methods, ideas and themes in contemporary fashion photography and its commercial contexts for their own project.
During term two you begin developing your MA project, evaluating and testing out the aims of your proposal over a sustained period of self-directed study.
Project Development and Industry Placements
In this unit, you'll develop the core of your body of work for your MA over a sustained period of self-directed study as you begin to work more independently as a creative image maker. The development of the body of work will be guided and questioned by industry mentors and through tutorials, group critiques and presentations with staff, fellow students and professional practitioners.
In this unit, you'll develop the core of your body of work for your MA over a sustained period of self-directed study, as you begin to work more independently as a creative image maker. The development of the body of work will be guided and questioned by industry mentors and through tutorials, group critiques and presentations with staff, fellow students and professional practitioners.
In the third term of the course, you'll apply the knowledge gained through your research to create a final body of work.
Creative Resolution and Implementation
In this unit, you'll continue to be guided by industry mentors and through tutorials, group critiques and presentations with staff, fellow students and professional practitioners. You'll apply and develop the knowledge gained through your research and practice in the Unit ‘Project Development and Industry Placements’ or ‘Project Development’ to resolve and disseminate your final body of work and start to develop and implement your career plan. In this final part of the MA you'll acquire the ability to refine, produce, complete and start to disseminate your body of work, which you'll firmly place within the context of the fashion industry. The final outcome, be it still and/or moving image, should reflect the ambition of your body of work and career aspirations in terms of scale and complexity, becoming a significant step towards moving into employment in the fashion photography industry.
Fee discounts & scholarships
To support all of our current students and our recent UK and EU alumni to progress to the next level of study, we have developed a new range of fee discounts across a range of courses.
Our MA Photography courses enjoy extensive links with a number of photographic, media and fine art professionals, curators, publishers, specialist printers and book designers. These connections enrich your experience through visiting lecturer and seminar programmes.
In the last three years, speakers on the course have included photographers and other creative practitioners such as:
- Ori Gersht
- Esther Teichmann
- Margaret Salmon
- Sarah Jones
- Matthew Stone
- Criodhna Costello
- Chris Coekin
- Carey Young
- Lisa Castagner
- Rod Dickinson
- Jo Longhurst
- Jason Evans
- Joseph Walsh
- Eva Bensasson.
Additionally, creative professionals and industry links for our course include:
- Benedict Burbridge, editor of Photoworks
- Stuart Smith, book designer at Smith-Design
- Sarah James, writer at Art Monthly and Frieze
- Lucy Soutter, writer at Source
- Clare Grafik, curator of The Photographer's Gallery
- Jennifer Thatcher, Folkestone Triennial
- Jean Wainwright, writer at Art Newspaper
- Terry King, specialist printer
- Emily Pethick, directs The Showroom
- Robert Shore, editor of Elephant Magazine
- Edward Dorrian, organiser of Five Years
- Joyce Cronin, manages the Cubitt Gallery.